Hockey Team Falls Short, But Captain Wins Baker Award

Hockey Team Falls Short, But Captain Wins Baker Award

Hundreds of students chanting "Thank y ou, Eagles!" greeted the Boston College men's hockey team back to campus early Sunday morning following the squad's heart-rending loss to the University of North Dakota in the NCAA title game.

For the second time in three years, the Eagles came up short in a bid for the national title, leading at the end of two periods only to lose to the perennial powerhouse Fighting Sioux by a score of 4-2 in Saturday night's championship game in Providence. Details on the game are available online through the BC Athletics World Wide Web site at http://www.bceagles.com/.

It was the third straight year that BC had reached the Frozen Four , and to do so they put on one of their most impressive postseason runs. The Eagles defeated top-ranked Wisconsin after having scored a thrilling overtime win against Michigan State. BC - which lost in overtime to Michigan in the 1998 championship game - advanced to the final with a come-from-behind victory over St. Lawrence.

As a consolation for BC, senior defenseman and captain Mike Mottau won the coveted Hobey Baker Award, while Eagle forwards Jeff Farkas and Brian Gionta were runners-up for the award given annually to the top player in the game. It was only the second time that a school had placed three players among the finalists. Mottau is the second Eagle to win the Hobey Baker, after forward David Emma in 1991, and is only the third defenseman to have been so honored.

-Mark Sullivan

 

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